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How To Register Limited Company In Kenya

When starting a business in Kenya, one of the key legal obligation to operating your business is to have it registered in Sheria House. There are some requirements that any entrepreneur planning to register their business under the Company Act. If you are an entrepreneur who is looking to register a limited company, you will need to follow the below steps;

Step 1: Company Name Search

Entrepreneur should propose names (preferably three) that must be reserved pending registration. (Tip: In order to have a high success rate and save money at the same time while searching for your business name, make sure your name is not general. For example; try using more than one letter word, like Fenesi Continental Ltd. or Fenesi Solutions Ltd. rather than Fenesi Ltd.)

Your legal name must end with an Ltd designator, such as “Limited Liability Company”, “Ltd”. Also, the name can not be the same as another Limited Company on file in the company registry in which you are filing or registering.

What You Will Need For Company Name Search

Step 2: Memorandum & Article of Association

At this stage of the registration process, the company name search results should be ready before proceeding further. Memorandum & Article of Association can be obtained through our company registration service provider. Dealpoa will be able to assist you through this process and will request some information needed to prepare the Memorandum & Article of Association.

Requirements For Memorandum & Article of Association

  • Purpose of the company that the entrepreneur wants to form. Have to be very specific not general. Describe everything you want to do. (For example; If you want to do fish farming, then you need to describe if you will be buying or selling them, rather than just stating “Agriculture”, that will be too general)
  • Names of fellow entrepreneurs (Directors) who would like to form the company, at least two. Give their occupation and postal address. (Preferably full-names as indicated on their ID or Passport)
  • Registered Office of the Company. Please get the Land Reference Number (Plot No.) of the Building and Street Name, Road, Town
  • Amount of Nominal Share Capital and Division of Shares thereof. % of share holding. (For example if there are two entrepreneurs starting a business, they will need to decide on the ownership structure with share allocation like 60%-40% or 70%-30% or 90%-10%. Minimum share value is Kshs. 100,000

Once you have provided the above information, the directors will now be required to sign the complete Memorandum & Article of Association. (Usually page 9 & 16).

There will be 3 copies of the Memorandum & Article of Association that you will be required to sign. First copy will remain at the company registry, Second copy will be used to open a bank account and you will remain with the Third copy.

You will also be required to fill and sign the following forms before returning back the Memorandum & Article of Association;

  • Form No. 208 – Declaration of Compliance with the requirements of the Companies act on application for registration of a company
  • Form No. 201 – Notice of situation of registered office or of any change therein (Section 108)
  • The Stamp Duty Act (Cap 480) – Statement of Nominal Capital

If you are upgrading from sole proprietor to limited company, you will be required to fill and sign BN/6 (Notice of Cessation of Business)

See Also: How To Register A Sole Proprietor Company In Kenya

Step 3: What’s Next!

Well, now you will need to just wait for the Memorandum & Article of Association to be taken for Stamp Duty and Company Registry for registration process takes place. This should take approximately 2 weeks. Also note that the cost for this process usually start from Ksh. 20,000 ($235 – using exchange rate of $1 = Ksh. 85)

So now you know the process of registering a limited company in Kenya.

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Do you have a business idea and want to start it off, well you can have it registered as limited company today!

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Here Is To Your Success In Registering Your Limited Company!

About Enock Kiprono

Enock Kiprono is the founder of Fenesi.com & Dealpoa.com. He loves to connect with entrepreneurs that are success driven, passionate, action-taking whose goal is to make a difference in the business world!

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118 comments

  1. Good afternoon Kiprono,

    i would like to register a limited company but i have already done a name search.
    can you please email me the cost?

    thank you.

    kind regards
    Florence

  2. Hi Enock,

    I would like you to kindly advice on registering a private limited liability company and A sole proprietorship:
    – how much it will cost from name search to the last point whereby I can operate
    – how long it will take
    – Minimum Nominal capital to start

    Thanks.

  3. Also explain to me if the directors must be career engineers if they wish to have an engineering firm, about share deposit

  4. We want to register an engineering firm offering a wide range of electrical, telecommunication, IT and instrumentation services. Please offer details on cost of registration, company secretary, if its a must the physical office has to be available during registration and how long it will take to complete registration.

  5. Hi,
    Good work guys. i am intendinv to start a private construction company. Can we negotiate on the cost of helping me start the company soonest possible?

  6. I WANT TO REGISTER MY COMPANY

  7. Hi kiprono, i have capital business, and lend money to busineses, how wil i get registered

  8. hi kiprono
    kindly advice, i wish to form a private company but must I have a registered office before forming up a company. I wish to operate the business from my house as I get financial muscle to rent one. since I am raising all the capital myself what will happen to other directors who must be included in the list if directors for legal issues? will they also have a shareholding?

  9. haloo enock i want to satart abusiness but am very green..can i get ideas..can i be in comunication with you guys for more guidance.

  10. Hello Kiprono
    I want to start a real estate management company, what are the requirements??. Is there any license for agents to carry out business of the company??,, kindly let me know if there are important things a should first know before I venture into it.
    Thanks

  11. Am planning to have a registered limited company of interior design, how much will bit cost me?
    Can I be able to get full information about it please?

  12. I’ve a friend of mine whom we’re planning to have a company together of interior design,how much can it cost us to have a limited company?

  13. Hi, I would like to upgrade from a sole proprietorship to a ltd company and all I request is your guidance on how I should go about the process and also the costs

    • Jared, thanks for your inquiry. We have sent you an email that contain all the information you are looking for to upgrade your from sole proprietorship to a limited company as you had requested.

  14. hi enock i would like to start an honey processing company,how long does it take to get kebs certification

  15. Hi, i would like your advice on starting a transport limited company here in kenya, im ongoing with the business name search t the moment. thank you

  16. Fenesi
    Kindly let me know how I can register a driving school

  17. I would like to register a building and construction company. please send me a breakdown of the cost of registration

  18. Hi am in the process of registering a limited company.I have the MOA but the person who was doing it for me moved out of kenya.any opinion on how i should continue my email is above

  19. Looking forward to work with you.
    I have an idea.

  20. I would like to register a company. Can I put several business ideas? The difference between partnership and limited.
    Thanks

  21. hi Enock…we appreciate for this piece of information.But the thing is,we are patners and ouf contributions havent yet hit that 100k each.but we want to register our bussiness as a company inorder to deal with bigger companies.what should we do.reply via email.

  22. Hae thanks for the eye opener…I would love to start a real estate company what are the requirements and procedure of regestering the same?? My email is mwangi.teddyhope@gmail.com

  23. Please send me the requirements for registering a company, and also the
    difference between sole proprietorship,Partnership & limited company, the cost
    of registration on both cases and why one would be more appropriate than the
    other

    statisticianalii@gmail.com

  24. can a limited liability company have one director or shareholder like in sole proprietorship?

  25. hi. I have done name search for a company we want to start with a friend. please carry me through other processes in involved and the money expected. how much do you register a company for?

  26. Francis Mangiteni

    I want to start a company that offers health and safety solutions and services what do I do to register and every thing else

  27. Hi,

    I would like to register a private limited liability company, kindly advice on:
    – how much it will cost from name search to the last point whereby I can operate
    – how long it will take
    – what is the minimum no of directors/shareholders
    – Minimum Nominal capital to start

    Thanks.

  28. Hi Mr Enock i would like to register a company i will be humbled if you dont mind guiding me through i am a nairobi resident

  29. My wife wants to start a company to enable her in tendering for government jobs and supplies through the women empowerment programmes and other NGO tenders focusing women empowerment. How do you advice her and the total cost from the starting process to getting final papers to start working?

  30. Hi I have an llc company in egypt and GCC country and i would like to open a braunch for the company in kenya, what to do and how much in total will cost/?
    Thank you

  31. Hi Enock,
    I would like to register a limited liability company kindly advice how much it will cost from name search to the last point whereby I can operate ,how long it will take

    Regards
    kalee

  32. Sir,

    Kindly would you inform us? if you are aware of any firms in Nairobi, that does rigister LTD companies.

    Actually outside the country, a m not in a position physically to do the processing of files,

    Looking to forward to hear from you.

    Sincerely

    Managing Director

    Paul NJUI.
    +33603660676
    Mail: jpautoparts.export@gmail.com

  33. hello guyz wan to register and start a civil construction company… need procedure plz

  34. Hey I would like to know the initial cost required to start a company….reply via my mail

  35. send me the requirements to register a general company please , including the total cost

  36. Hi, I would like to register building construction ltd co. Advise on a must information or documents I should have, who may help in acquisition of memorandum and Articles of Associations, total cost of the whole process,whether directors forming it may be closely related such as spouse or brothers and how nominal shares capital is computed btw or among directors. My email- bobbyewoi@Yahoo.com

  37. kindly inform of the requirements needed to start a non depositing micro finance bank and the registration process

  38. i wish to register a private company limited by shares. where do I start? please send me the necessary documentation required for registration. my email is sammuithya92@gmail.com

  39. We are currently operating a cousin group comprising of 4 members and we hope to be incorporated as company soon. What are the procedures? What should comprise our objects since its an investment company? Is it a must we pay the corporate tax, hire an auditor, have an AGM and we are still mobilizing our capital and have not landed our initial investment and maybe it might take 3 years or so, going by our monthly contribution?

  40. Kindly get in touch with me, I need assistance on registering a limited company urgently.

  41. when upgrading a sole proprietor to a limited company, do i need to change the name or am able to retain the name.

  42. Hi!Kindly assist.I want to start a company that comprises of two or three directors that deal with general supplies.What are the requirements and procedures…..Any advice accorded will be highly appreciated

  43. Hi Enock kindly give me the details on how to register a private company. David . My email is mwadavee@gmail.com also i would like to give you a list of three names that i propose to use so you can conduct the name search on my behalf.
    Thanks

  44. i would like to register company name as soon as possible via online is it possible?

  45. interest in starting a company. Would like help in carrying end to end process. Can you assist?

  46. Victor Matakaya Shilisia

    I am Victor, i am in the process of registering a general construction ltd, I am done with step 1, name search, Kindly assist me to continue, especially about the requirements in terms of the cost and the articles, my mail is matakayav@gmail.com

  47. Hello i would like to register a building construction company, please
    advise me on procedures to follow and total costs involved as well as
    the issue of secretary of the company, Is she a different person from
    the directors?

  48. Hi Enock,

    I already have a business name registered. So if I convert to a company do I still need to do name search again? Will that same name be registered as [“xxxxxxx xxxx ltd Co.”]

  49. we are 21 member registered in welfare self help group we would like to register a limited company,what are the procedure and criteria of nominal share and appointing directors

  50. Evans Gichana Utubusara

    my email address evansutu@gmail.com

  51. Evans Gichana Utubusara

    2o people in a group contributing the same amount of shares monthly wants to open a company limited who among the will be the directors of the company and what criteria will be use to appoint them?

    • Please note that all limited company has a minimum of 2 directors and a maximum of 7 directors based on the Company Act. So the 20 people will need to appoint who will be directors and then the rest will become shareholders.

  52. Please send me the requirements for registering a company, and also the
    difference between sole proprietorship,Partnership & limited company, the cost
    of registration on both cases and why one would be more appropriate than the
    other;;;;ashleyruguru@gmail.com

  53. hi, i want to form a couple of holding companies. Any advice you give will be highly appreciated

  54. hello? we want to register a building and construction company, is it a must to have the knowledge in construction?

  55. Bikundo Douglas Orang'o

    hello i would like to register a building construction company, please advise me on procedures to follow and total costs involved as well as the issue of secretary of the company, Is she a different person from the directors? Also explain in detail the point on nominal share value, and where its reserved.

  56. hello,i would like to register a ltd distribution company,whats the cost of registration and permit and is it a must an etr machine immediately i open the business,then whats the difference btwn etr and point on sales(pos) machine and which one is a must have in a distribution co.kindly respond via my email okelo_k@yahoo.com

  57. How to i reduce the paid up share capital of a company without obtaining a court order. Remembder its the paid up capital not the nominal share capital….

  58. I intend to register an IT Firm that offers training and other services outside the training section, can you please give me some procedures on how to go about it? idnukayn1@gmail.com

  59. martin Mwashigadi

    I want to start an entertainment company here in Nairobi.How much do you think it will cost me in total to have the registration set up?

  60. Good tips. Very helpful for anyone wanting to start a company.

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